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Rihanna Calls Her Bantu Knots “Ghetto”

PHOTO COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM by Devri Velazquez It’s not much of a shock to us whenever rebellious Barbadian megastar Rihanna shows up somewhere with visually enticing hair, fashion, and make-up. The killer combo makes up what we adore about the edgy pop princess. But did she take her shock value a little too serious yesterday …

Are the Proposed Army Changes (AR 607-1) Discriminatory to Women with Natural Hair?

by Tia of www.naturallyfitandfab.com Thursday, March 19th, new army regulations as it relates to grooming and appearance were leaked online. The leaked information included a PowerPoint, Army Regulation 670-1 leader training, with explicit details and pictures explaining the new polices. Many of the new guidelines directly affect African American women in the Army. Updated Female Grooming …

Bring Back the Afro

Bibi Mcgill! by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics Did you hear? The afro is making a comeback! Shout out to the 70’s for taking the look reminiscent of the era back never again to be seen. Unless you look in cities such as New York, Philly, or Baltimore just to name a few, that is. Simon …

Is My Hair Holding Me Back?

Dominique of Dominiquetoney.com writes:  A friend of mine – an actress – once told me “Working in commercials can be your waitressing job.” I was sort of taken aback when she said this. What??? She booked one or two commercials a year, and it helped her stay afloat as she pursued tv shows and indie …

Natural Hair and the Media

  by Shelli of Hairscapades  Last week, I shared an Infiniti commercial that featured a natural bride, because it really struck me and made me smile (see the commercial here). Someone wrote an insightful comment on the post that ended with, “[I]s it really necessary for a commercial to validate the beauty of natural hair?” …

Natural In the Media

by Shelli of Hairscapades  As many of you know, I’ve been natural for 12 years. When I see comments that more natural women are in commercials now … I often think, “They’ve always been there.” But, I think that “seeing” natural hair in the media is like seeing the car that you drive, you never …

Brazilian Woman Takes Story of Racism to Press

via Blackwomenofbrazil Ester Cesari0 Following up on a story I posted a few days ago, the black woman who accused her employer of demanding that she straighten her hair in order to conform to the institution’s standard of straight hair has taken her story to the press. Maintaining her recollection of the story, the woman, …

Hair & the Politics of “Good Appearance” in Brazil

via BlackWomenofBrazil Whenever the topic is the existence of racism in Brazil, usually there are a few consistent reactions. 1) Some Brazilians will consistently claim the belief that racism doesn’t exist in Brazil (“racismo não existe no Brasil”) although studies over the past few decades have made this response appear borderline ridiculous 2) Many Brazilians …